Kirstin O'Connor

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Name: Kirstin O'Connor
Date registered: September 12, 2013

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  1. In the Garden: Wheatgrass Seeds — October 3, 2014
  2. Sheriff Winters Timeline Serving County — October 3, 2014
  3. Sheriff Winters Plans to Retire — October 2, 2014
  4. Officials Censor White City VA Town Hall — September 26, 2014
  5. New Gender-Neutral Homecoming Tradition — September 25, 2014

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Insurance Tents for Boles Fire Victims

  WEED, Calif. — Insurance companies are set up to help the hundreds of homeowners in Weed with damaged or destroyed neighborhoods. Representatives from farmers insurance say the catastrophe relief tents are set up in situations where clients need may be unable to call or use the internet. Most of the homeowners already reported their … Continue reading »

Winds Still Gusty at Boles Fire

NEAR WEED, Cal.– Fire Crews are hesitating to let people back into the evacuated areas of the Boles Fire because they have not determined it to be safe just yet. Newswatch 12′s Kirstin O’Connor explains.

Early Harvest for Wine Grapes

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Local winemakers say the hot, dry summer is causing many vineyard grapes to mature faster, making for an earlier harvest. A fairly young local winery is welcoming their first in-house winemaker to the Rogue Valley. “We’ve been actively involved in the process but having our own in-house wine maker takes it … Continue reading »

Schools Monitor Air Quality Index Daily

MEDFORD, Ore. — With wildfire smoke in the air, school administrators said they will not hesitate to enforce restrictions that keep kids inside. The Medford School District checks the air quality index three times a day with a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) representative. Then the district sends out e-mails to all of the schools in case of extra precautions. … Continue reading »

SOU Students Trained in Fire Safety

ASHLAND, Ore. — In just a few weeks students at Southern Oregon University are going to be moving into their dorms, and today resident assistants, or RA’s got a lesson from firefighters on how to stay prepared in case of a fire emergency. Firefighters with Ashland Fire and Rescue set propane filled containers on fire, … Continue reading »

Local Experts React to Ray Rice Video

MEDFORD, Ore. — In light of the high profile case involving NFL player Ray Rice, local domestic violence experts helped shed light on the growing nationwide problem. Specialists said Jackson County has some of the highest case loads in the state. The Medford Police Department has a specific program assigned to domestic violence cases. The … Continue reading »

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

MEDFORD, Ore. -This month local healthcare facilities and childcare centers are raising awareness about childhood obesity. The Rogue Valley Family YMCA serves 1,300 to 1,500 kids every year. In the next few months the organization is starting some intensive programs to help educate kids and parents about the risks of childhood obesity. The YMCA said … Continue reading »

Local Response to Enterovirus Outbreak

MEDFORD, Ore. -Public health officials issued warnings about a severe respiratory illness doctors said could be a nationwide outbreak. Officials said hundreds of children across several states are coming down with enterovirus 68. In many cases it starts with common cold symptoms, but then rapidly worsens and forces kids to be hospitalized. “This virus certainly appears … Continue reading »

Mandatory Fire Evacuation Lifted

CORVALLIS, Ore. — All mandatory evacuations have been lifted in Northwest Corvallis, after a fire broke out Friday night. Neighbors say they saw smoke around 8:30 p.m. in the Chip Ross Park area, and by 9 p.m., the city was illuminated with a red glow. The smell of smoke filled streets throughout the entire city, … Continue reading »

Nut-Free Schools in Southern Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Research shows that food allergies are becoming increasingly common in children. It’s almost a hundred times more common to be diagnosed with a food allergy now, than it was 50 years ago — which means menus are changing for some kids, and for their parents packing sack lunches. A local allergist said the reason … Continue reading »

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